Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Glass by J. Kenneth Leap for NJ TRANSIT

"Through to the Sea", by AGG Member J. Kenneth Leap was installed yesterday. This project, when complete will consist of over 1000 square feet of digitally printed laminated glass panels which will enhance the waiting areas and shelters at NJ TRANSIT's Lindenwold Station. The waiting area panels shown above depict the history of the Camden & Atlantic Railroad.

More images of the installation and the design are available here:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Virtual Tour of Köln Cathedral

View a virtual tour of all the windows in the Köln Cathedral here:

Gerhard Richter

4900 Colours (2007) is composed of 196 panels, each of which consists of 25 squares. Each individual spray-painted enamel square measures 9.7 x 9.7 cm and each panel of 25 squares is supported by Alu-Dibond. 

The panels can be arranged in 11 core configurations (each using all 196 panels), ranging from multiple smaller grid combinations of various sizes to just one large-scale work. The 11 variations are presented on this and the following pages. 

The order of the coloured squares is based on chance, having been generated randomly by a computer programme. The 11 configurations were selected by Richter and there is no hierarchy among them. 

Richter started work on grid paintings as early as 1966, when he reproduced industrial colour charts as used by paint manufacturers. In 1971 the element of chance was introduced into his compositions, with the distribution of colours randomly decided, although there remained a white grid between the colour fields. 

Grids comprising a variety of numbers of squares were produced at this time, from 4 Colours (Catalogue Raisonné: 353-1, 1974) to series of works using 1024 and 1025 squares (also 1974) and even as many as 4096 squares in 4096 Colours (CR: 359, 1974). It was in this same year, 1974, that Richter first removed the grid in favour of direct contact between the colours. After an interval of 33 years, Richter returned to grid paintings in 2007. 

4900 Colours and the earlier grid paintings have certain formal similarities with Richter’s Cathedral Window (CR: 900), which he designed for the south transept of Cologne Cathedral. The work, which consists of approximately 11,500 squares of glass in 72 colours, was unveiled in 2007. Some of the brightly coloured square panes were arranged randomly, while others were selected in response to the architectural context

Lucie Boucher's GLASSCAPES

Editor's note: Lucie sent me these images with a nice message attached...

Hi Ken, attached are a couple of pictures of the glasscapes I painted using the techniques you taught me last year. Just thought you might like to see what I am finally able to do thanks to your teaching.
So thanks J
Hope you and your family are well.
Lucie Boucher
Stone Ridge Glass
See more of Lucie's Glasscapes here:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Call For Entries: Jesus Our Brother

This is a restoration approach not the work of censors!

Greetings from Paderborn!
...we discussed a recently finished project - it is an uncommon way of a reconstruction. So, we thought we can introduce this new approach to interested colleges.

The church of Lessines, Belgium had two stained glass windows, which were in very bad condition - some panels survived only as fragments. The missing parts had been so extensive, that we thought a historic imitation would not be the right way of closing those areas. At one point we discussed an unusual way of showing the new parts in an aesthetic way without interference the original. Finally we used a modern pixel-technique similar to a technique, which is often used in reconstruction and touch in of wall paintings.
In application for a stained glass window this was totally new for us. Attached you will find some pictures of our result.
We think it works very well and hope it inspires you in your future work.
We hope to see you soon.
Best wishes,
Markus Kleine & Steffen Holtmann

AGG member Robin Neeley

8 Steps to Jump-Start Your Art Career

My Ideas Book - a Virtual Sketchbook

A simple online sketchbook to gather inspiration, generate ideas & kick-start creative projects.

Interview with Rachael Welford

Verrier - links

A Glasgow studio working in stained glass, kiln formed glass, acid etching, and sandblasting.

This website from Verrier has sections on artwork, workshops, tips, and historic glass 

New to stained glass? Check out the TIPS especially the series on design with titles like:

Designing for Strength

Responsive Colour Selection

Beautiful Design Lines

Design Sources



Processes relating to mould making for glass, glass casting, stained glass working, kiln forming and other practices are described.


Glass Appreciation

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Michelin Man
Nancy Nicholson asked about this image and here is a reply from Tom Krepcio:

I remember seeing this image years ago, and was amazed that it came from 1911.
It's in a restauraunt in London. There is another one with bibendum on a bicycle.
They also have a pdf explaining some of the history of the windows,
Curiously, it does not mention (at first glance anyway) who did the windows, but it does say what posters the art is based on.

Friday, November 25, 2011

IN FLUX (Video)

IN FLUX Art in vacant storefronts in Scottsdale Arizona, see video below:

If you're an artist living in Arizona here is a link to the current CALL FOR ARTISTS to participate in the next IN FLUX:
If you're not from Arizona - contact your local State Arts Council or Chamber of Commerce about developing a program like IN FLUX in your city.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

When it comes to "Glass Turkeys" this is about as good as it get's so let's look instead at "Glass in Turkey":
Stretching the connection even further we have: Nov 25 is the Saint's day of St Catherine of Alexandria (which is in the part of Egypt controlled by the Turks during the Ottoman Empire)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Glass Master

Can you say - Suger?
Noble is the work, but the work which shines here so nobly should lighten the hearts so that, through true lights they can reach the one true light, where Christ is the true door… the dull spirit rises up through the material to the truth, and although he was cast down before, he arises new when he has seen this light.

Follow this link to finally learn to pronounce his name in French!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Samantha Hookway & The Stained Pane Collective
Stained Pane Collective creates living stained glass windows through the use of a physical installation, projections and interaction with the community. The Collective is made up of three collaborative artists: Samantha Hookway, Jane Drozd and Benjamin Schroeder. The content of each of our living stained glass windows is a narrative derived and inspired by the locations for which each window is made. In our "Leaded Living History [ACCAD]" the subject matter is the history, the development and the community that creates The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.

This work includes live internet updates from, any tweets with the hashtag #accad will be displayed as part of this animated stained glass window.

Leaded Living History [ACCAD] from Stained Pane Collective on Vimeo.

Paris wall painting installation video

SUPAKITCH & KORALIE "Euphorie" Paris from Raphaël Hache on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Surprising Benefits of Stained Glass: Architects Take Notice

J. Kenneth Leap's exhibition in the atrium of the Doering Center at Bryn Athyn College has been extended after college officials discovered that the stained glass panels hanging in the windows were having a positive effect on local wildlife. Apparently migrating songbirds were embarrassingly offing themselves in record numbers on the plate glass windows of the LEED Certified Green Building. Perhaps this is another reason architects might want to revisit the question: 'Is stained glass relevant in contemporary architecture?"
Doering Center

A New DaVinci

MIT TechTV – Judith Schaechter: Surviving your Creativity

MIT Lecture

Surviving Your Creativity can be heard HERE. This is a talk Judith gave at MIT recently--the 2011 Page Hazlegrove Annual lecture in glass.
The subject is not her work (or even glass) but creativity itself. Bon appetit!

Windows by Kate Henderson, Scotland

Material Window
(Details here)
Manuscript Window
(Details here)
More about Kate here

Wing Project Installation

Carrie Fertig's "Homing" at Chichester Cathedral

Tuesday, November 15, 2011